Red Ball Express Award

Red Ball Express

The “Red Ball Express” award was proudly named after the famous Transportation Unit in WWII.

The Red Ball Express was an enormous truck convoy system created in 1944 to supply Allied forces moving quickly through Europe after breaking out from the D-Day beaches in Normandy. Some 28 divisions were advancing across France and Belgium, each ordinarily requiring 700-750 tons a day. Patton's 3rd Army was soon grinding to a halt from lack of fuel and ordnance. The route, marked with red balls, was closed to civilian traffic; the trucks were marked with the same red balls and given priority on regular roads. The key to pursuit was a continuous supply of fuel and ordnance, thus leading to the Red Ball Express.

Since this award is from the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle (or Trucks) Division of NDIA, we thought the award should be a lasting tribute to those that pioneered the way for us that serve or support the military transportation industry today.

Nominations should be made in the form of a letter not exceeding two pages in length and submitted to Britt Sullivan at with “Call for 2023 Red Ball Express Award Nominations” in the subject line.

First Call for Nominations: Monday, August 28, 2023
Nomination Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2023
Committee to Vote: Friday, December 15, 2023
Award Winners Notified: January 2024 
Materials Deadline (citations, pictures, bios): Monday, February 5


Award Nomination Criteria
To recognize superb contribution by organizations or individuals to Tactical Wheeled Vehicles through public leadership or achievement that results in significant contribution to the development, introduction or support of Tactical Wheeled Vehicles by presenting the Red Ball Express Award. The recipient of the Red Ball Express Award must have made significant contributions that led to the strengthening of our national security by developing, procuring, or supporting Tactical Wheeled Vehicles or enabling critical technologies that contribute to the same.

It is the policy of the NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division to publicly recognize those achievements by relevant government or industry organizations or individuals that are particularly noteworthy to the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle community.

The NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division will solicit nominations for the Red Ball Express Award prior to the annual NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicles conference. The solicitation will be posted to the NDIA TWV division website and via email to the TWV community.

Individuals or organizations can be nominated by members of the TWV division, other industry members, or government officials.

Nominations will be limited to two pages, naming the organization/individual, the nomination category for consideration (government or industry) and describing the individual’s or the organization’s achievement. There is no limit to the time frame for consideration for the award, i.e. it is not limited to the last year calendar year. All nominations must include the proposed recipient’s/organization’s contact information (phone, email, and mailing address). 

Completed nominations will be sent to the Vice Chair of the NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division, who will serve as the Award Chair. The Vice Chair, in coordination with the Division Chair, will form a sub-committee of three to five TWV Committee members who will review all award nominees. The Vice Chair will provide the sub-committee report along with one recommended award winner per category to the Division Chair at least 45 days prior to the commencement of the NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference. The award winners must be approved by a majority vote of the full TWV division executive committee.

The division will notify the recipient or the chain of command of the selected individual/organization before announcing the winner.

If the committee deems none of the nominees justify receipt of the award, or if there are no nominees in a given year, the award will not be presented.

The Red Ball Express Award will consist of a NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicle committee citation and a NDIA gold medal suitably engraved.